VINCENT VAN GOGH by Peter Harrison


Age Range: 8 - 13
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 This entry in the Art for Young People biography series focuses on the artist's life and immediate surroundings rather than on analyzing his work. Harrison chronicles van Gogh's life from birth, through his intensely religious phase and his discovery of the work that was to be his lifelong pursuit. Throughout his life, van Gogh maintained a close relationship with his brother, Theo, despite the former's increasingly difficult behavior. Briefly mentioned are van Gogh's ear mutilation and his eventual suicide. Though not of high quality, many small reproductions of van Gogh's work are scattered throughout the text; they include some of his lesser-known works, which provide fresh insight into his story. Muhlberger's What Makes a Van Gogh a Van Gogh? (1993) and Loumaye's Van Gogh: A Touch of Yellow (1993) have superior reproductions and fuller details about both van Gogh and his paintings, but are for a slightly older audience. (maps, full-color reproductions, photos, illustrations, chronology, glossary, index) (Biography. 8-13)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-8069-6156-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sterling
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1996